Marlins prospects playing in Arizona Fall League
MIAMI — About six weeks after their Minor League seasons ended, several Marlins prospects already are getting some action in the Arizona Fall League.
In all, seven Miami Minor Leaguers are playing in the Arizoan for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. You can follow their progress at http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/org.jsp?id=mia.
Already off to a fast start is Marlins’ top prospect, outfielder Christian Yelich, who comes off a tremendous season at Class A Jupiter.
Yelich batted .330 with 12 homers and 48 RBIs for Jupiter, which reached the Florida State League championship series before losing to Lakeland.
In three Arizona Fall League games, Yelich is 2-for-6.
Also playing for Phoenix are outfielder Kyle Jensen, catcher J.T. Realmuto, and pitchers Michael Brady, Grant Dayton, Brian Flynn and Scott McGough.
Flynn, a 6-foot-8 left-hander, has already thrown three innings in a start for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. He gave up two runs and struck out one.
Flynn was obtained by the Marlins in late July as part of the Omar Infante/Anibal Sanchez trade with Detroit. The 22-year-old made eight starts for Double A Jacksonville, and he was 3-0 with a 3.80 ERA in 45 innings after the trade.
McGough, a right-handed reliever, was acquired from the Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez deal.
Winter Ball leagues also are close to getting started.
When they do, there will be some Marlins playing for their respective countries.
Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, obtained from the Pirates for Gaby Sanchez, will be playing in his native Venezuela. Pitcher Jose Alvarez also will be playing in Venezuela.
Infielder Gil Velazquez will be playing in Mexico.
One of the Marlins coaches will be managing Winter League Ball. Third base coach Joe Espada will be managing Manati in Puerto Rico, with their season getting underway on Nov. 8. Espada also will be on the staff of Puerto Rico’s World Baseball Classic team.
– Joe Frisaro